Family files wrongful death claim after fatal helicopter accident

Family files wrongful death claim after fatal helicopter accident

The mother of a cameraman killed in a helicopter crash while filming for a reality TV show earlier this year has filed a wrongful death claim against two producers of the show and the owners and operators of the ill-fated helicopter.

The helicopter crashed in February when it crashed in a canyon north of Los Angeles. The cameraman was killed in addition to the pilot and a cast member of a military show that was being created for a cable channel. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the fatal accident occurred when the three men were shooting a scene in which an actor throws a backpack overboard while the helicopter hovers above the ground.

Conditions like these can be challenging to fly in, requiring a properly maintained helicopter, skilled crew, and the use of good judgment and precautions to keep the occupants of the helicopter safe. When precautions aren't taken, serious and fatal work-related accidents can result.

In the wrongful death claim, the mother of the cameraman alleges that her son was killed because the helicopter company, pilots and the producers of the show didn't take the precautions they should have to be safe. According to the lawsuit, the defendants did not make sure that the helicopter was capable and ready to fly over the terrain at night and using visual meteorological conditions.

The mother's claim seeks an unspecified amount of damages. In wrongful death cases, families may seek damages for loss of companionship, lost wages, funeral and burial costs, and for other losses and harm that they suffer as a result of their loved one's death.

Source: The Washington Post, "Wrongful death suit filed over fatal helicopter crash during filming of reality show in Calif.," May 30, 2013

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